Category: Albums of 1982

Dan Siegel “Dan Siegel”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#660 in the Series) is 1982, self-tiled release from Dan Siegel. When you go to a concert do you pay attention to the opening acts? Do you see what they have to offer? If not, I suggest that you do, as I’ve found many acts that have become favorites by doing so.  I wonder if how much longer it would have taken me to find NRBQ if I hadn’t seen them open for John Prine in the early 80’s. Another of those was when I first saw Dan Siegel. I was spending the summer in Kansas City, and was an aspiring rock and roll writer for Night Rock News magazine at the...

Asia “Asia”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#577 in the series) is eponymous debut from Asia. Well let’s see what’s going to happen with this choice of albums. I think some people may not find it as “Cool” as I did. Not that I feel like I need to justify any entry, what’s cool to one person might not be cool to another, and that’s cool, but I’m going to write this regarding how I felt about this release in early 1982. Not how I felt about it or them down the road years later. That’s not what I do. When I first head of this new band Asia I was so excited. Emerson, Lake and Palmer was one...

A Flock of Seagulls “A Flock of Seagulls”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#569 in the Series) is the self-titled debut from A Flock of Seagulls. A Flock of Seagulls were always one of my favorite “new wave, techno-pop,””what have you” bands of the early eighties.  Why did I like them? I think it was because I always felt a little connection to the progressive rock bands that I was listening to at the time. The biggest difference was the obvious, most of their music was played over a straight up dance rhythm, but I really believe that in the body of a dance band layed the heart of a prog band. Why do I feel this way? The main reason would be guitarist Paul...

The Monroes…. and the story about “What Do All the People Know”

Posted 01 Dec 2011 in 80s, Albums of 1982, Albums of the 80s, New Wave

  This is a little something different that I’m going to do today. No, this isn’t our Cool Album of the Day, in fact it wasn’t even an album, it was an EP. This is about The Monroes. They were the band that I think may just have had the best, new wave, pop song of the 80s, and how, if you don’t know about it or them, then you need to. The Song that I’m referring to is, “What Do All the People Know.”  A pure classic, a marvelous song, unfortunately, it also was a perfect example of what happens when you fall into bad label, bad contract hell. The Monroes recorded for a label called Alfa.  Alfa...

Modern English “After the Snow”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#566 in the Series) is Modern English, After the Snow. Modern English was given a double-dose of good luck in 1982.  You can’t find a bigger break than having one of your first singles included in a hit picture movie. This was the case when “I Melt With You” was part of the mix of “Valley Girl.” The second piece of good luck, well that’s easy. That piece would be the complete idiotic way that record companies and contract lawyers went about trying to secure deals for an official movie soundtrack.  “I Melt With You” wasn’t the only great song in this movie. You also had The Payola$, “Eyes of a Stanger”,...

The Motels “All Four One”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#557 in the Series) is The Motels, All Four One There were a ton of acts that were tossed into the catch-all genre of “New Wave” during the decade of the 80s.  Many of them, quite frankly sucked.  Why, because if you had a little hook, you could play a good day’s worth of new wave with-out needing a whole day’s worth of talent.  What that did however, was allow the bands that had superior talent to really climb above the rest. I’m of course referring to bands like Missing Persons, Split Enz, The Cars, Haircut 100, the Furs etc. They had loads of talent. So did The Motels. Martha Davis was...

Missing Persons “Spring Session M”

Posted 29 Oct 2011 in 80s, Albums of 1982, Albums of the 80s, Dance, Techno

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#538 in the Series) is Missing Persons,Spring Session M. (Capitol) I don’t know many bands that would 100% fill the term “Cool” better than Missing Persons.  Not only did they have the “look” but they definitely also had the “chops” to go with it. They were one of the original bands that received a huge boost by MTV. The hot look of lead singer Dale Bozzio had a ton to do with that, especially when the ex-bunny dressed in only bubble wrap. Hot looks only take you so far without musicianship however, and as good as they looked, they played even better. Dale Bozzio’s “other half” was drummer Terry Bozzio.  This man...

Split Enz “Time + Tide”

Today’s Cool Album of The Day(#530 in the Series)  is Split Enz, Time + Tide. In a year that included many great albums, (Joe Jackson Night and Day, Utopia, Marshall Crenshaw, Richard and Linda Thompson Shoot Out the Lights, etc) the Split Enz, Time + Tide was clearly my favorite.  The show that I saw from this tour at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City was also one of my favorites of all time. It never ceases to amaze me that Split Enz, nor the follow up band Crowded House has never hit it big here in the States. What the heck are our radio station music directors thinking? Time and Tide had many, many AOR friendly tracks. For...

Joe Jackson “Night and Day”

Posted 19 Oct 2011 in 80s, Albums of 1982, Albums of the 80s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#528 in the Series) is Joe Jackson, Night and Day Just recently, I looked at the great self-titled Fleetwood Mac album from 1975. I asked the question “Has any band been through more incarnations than Fleetwood Mac?”  Joe Jackson’s story is similar. This hasn’t been a band going through different incarnations, his story is about a musician who has over and over, reinvented myself. His early stuff was chalk full of great post-punk rock and roll. He’s also done some great swing in his Jumpin’ Jive release. This was released the next year and almost had a Cole Porter feel to it. Heck, that’s where he got the title after all. I hadn’t plopped...

ABC “The Lexicon of Love”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#524 in the Series) is ABC,  The Lexicon of Love When I pulled this one out for a listen I was really curious as to how it would sound, it’s been many years that I’ve listened to it. Sometimes these 80’s synth-pop or “New Romantics” genre bands don’t stand up so well. This stands up quite well I must say. I think that the bands high raw musicianship level has much to do with that.  Just listen to Brad Lang’s bass push and highlight the opening number “Show Me,” or even on the hit “Poison Arrow.” It’s a shame that he was a guest musician and not an actual member. I’ve read some reviews...

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